Press Release: West Coast Premiere Cast Announced for Guards at the Taj

WEST COAST PREMIERE OF?GUARDS AT THE TAJ
BY?RAJIV JOSEPH
DIRECTED BY?GIOVANNA SARDELLI
STARRING?RAFFI BARSOUMIAN?AND?RAMIZ MONSEF
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OCTOBER 6 TO NOVEMBER 15?(OPENING NIGHT IS OCTOBER 14)
IN THE AUDREY SKIRBALL KENIS THEATER AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
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LOS ANGELES?(August 18, 2015) Geffen Playhouse announces the cast for the West Coast premiere of?Guards at the Taj?by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Steinberg Award recipient Rajiv Joseph. The cast stars Raffi Barsoumian as Humayun and Ramiz Monsef as Babur. ?It is directed by Giovanna Sardelli, who directed world premieres of Joseph?s?The North Pool, Animals Out of Paper?and?All This Intimacy.? Guards at the Taj?runs October 6 through November 15, 2015 (opening night is October 14) in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. ?
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Ambition, philosophy and absurdity spill-over in Rajiv Joseph?s violently beautiful and surprising new play about two lowly guards handed the grueling task of protecting the Taj Mahal. Wildly comic and astoundingly tragic, the story begs bold philosophical questions. How do we define beauty and perfection and when do these elusive qualities come at too great a cost?? Artistic Director Randall Arney said, ?This play challenges the traditional boundaries of theater ? provoking questions about beauty. It examines the power of those who can simply buy it and the powerlessness of those who frequently create it.? Joseph does this in the most human of terms, introducing us to two likable, funny guys, who think if they do a good job of guarding the Taj Mahal, they will be promoted to guarding the harem.?
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Charles Isherwood said in?The New York Times, ?Mr. Joseph dramatizes a dark myth about its building that stands as a grim allegory of the supreme divide between the powerful and the powerless in 17th-century India and, perhaps by extension, many places today.? Guards?raises potent questions about the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty, even when they result in architectural wonders that ultimately give pleasure to the masses.?
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David Rooney said in?The Hollywood Reporter?that?Guards at the Taj?is, ?a haunting consideration of loyalty and betrayal between friends, of duty and blind adherence to barbaric command, and of the ownership of beauty ? moving from pitch-black absurdist comedy to horrific brutality, from philosophical reflection to surreal observation.? It is thrashed out on a stage literally awash in the physical evidence of cruelty as the tone morphs from gallows humor through searing poignancy to devastating conflict.? Joseph’s writing has similarities to Martin McDonagh?s [The Lieutenant of Inishmore] with its livewire dialogue, spiky character interplay, wicked humor and blunt cynicism. If Joseph is perhaps less focused on story, his attention to philosophical, existential and spiritual questions makesGuards at the Taj?a strange but unexpectedly moving experience.?
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Rajiv Joseph?s other works include?Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,?Animals Out of Paper?and?Gruesome Playground Injuries, as well as seasons three and four of the Showtime series,?Nurse Jackie.??Guards at the Taj?recently received the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award.??New York Magazine?said Rajiv Joseph is, ?a real stage poet ? not afraid to debate the cosmos. His voice is a major one,? and the?Los Angeles Times?called him, ?one of the most provocatively talented American playwrights.? Giovanna Sardelli, who has helmed over a half-dozen of Joseph?s plays, will direct.
In addition to the opening night, the run of Guards at the Taj will feature pre-show and post-show Signature Series events. Ranging from the cerebral to the celebratory these include TGIF at the Geffen, Talk Back Tuesdays (Audience Q+A with artists), Lounge Fridays and Wine Down Sundays. Thanks to the support of Geffen Playhouse partners and sponsors, all elements of Signature Series evenings are complimentary as part of the ticket price. Signature Series events include:??
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? Talk Back Tuesdays give theater lovers a chance for a deeper conversation to discuss plot, character, themes or any other questions directly with the artists with a post-show Q+A from the stage. Complimentary coffee and tea provided pre-show at the concessions bar.
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? Happy hour Lounge Fridays turns the Geffen Playhouse into a haven to help fast-paced Angelenos ease into their weekend and unwind at this cultural happy hour. Complimentary sparkling joins other enticing refreshments starting at 7:00 pm. Sponsored by LAArtsOnline.com
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? Wine Down Sundays provides the perfect pairing – pre-performance wine sampling courtesy of Dievole followed by a 7pm curtain time to close out the week. The winery’s objective is to recover the character of the historically indigenous Tuscan grapes and transfer them into the glass with the utmost respect for the authenticity of the terroir and varietal identity.
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? TGIF at the Geffen takes place on Friday of preview week and is the ideal cultural meet up and hot-spot on the west side. Enjoy classic to contemporary tunes from DJ Mike pre-show on the Simms Courtyard patio, photo booth keepsakes in the main lobby plus drink specials at the concessions bar.
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For Signature Series dates associated with the run of?Guards at the Taj?visit?www.GeffenPlayhouse.com/tajevents.
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Tickets are currently priced from $60 – $82 and are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at?310.208.5454?or online at?www.geffenplayhouse.com. Fees may apply.
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West Coast Premiere
GUARDS AT THE TAJ
Written by?Rajiv Joseph
Directed by?Giovanna Sardelli
Previews: Tuesday, October 6 ? Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Opening Night:?Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Closing Night:?Sunday, November 15, 2015
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CAST
Raffi Barsoumian?as Humayun
Ramiz Monsef?as Babur
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PRODUCTION TEAM
Scenic Design by?Tom Buderwitz
Costume Design by?Denitsa Bliznakova
Lighting Design by?Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design by?Vincent Olivieri
Production Stage Manager?Maggie Swing
Casting by?Phyllis Schuringa, CSA
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday?????????????????????????????????????????????? No performance
Tuesday ? Friday????????????????????????????? 8:00pm
Saturday????????????????????????????????????????????? 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday???????????????????????????????????????????????? 2:00pm and 7:00pm
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TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are currently priced from $60 – $82 and are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at?310.208.5454?or online at?www.geffenplayhouse.com. Fees may apply.
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LOCATION
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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BIOGRAPHIES
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RAFFI BARSOUMIAN?
New York:?Pericles (The Public Theater);?King Lear, Arok of Java (Exit, Pursued By a Bear). Regional:?The Count of Monte Cristo, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear,Cymbeline,?Troilus and Cressida,?Henry V?(Oregon Shakespeare Festival);?Red Noses (The Actor?s Gang);?Sedimenti?(Compagnie Du Faubourg);?Zoo Story, Counting the Ways?(Luna Playhouse);?The?Taming of the?Shrew,?The Merchant of Venice?(American Shakespeare Center);?As You Like It, King John?(Actor?s Shakespeare Company);?Restoration Comedy,?Don Juan?(Stanford Theater). TV:?The Vampire Diaries, NCIS.?Training: ?cole Jacques Lecoq, Carnegie Mellon University.
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RAMIZ MONSEF?
Ramiz is honored to be making his Geffen debut. ?New York credits include: Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Culture Project and more. ?Regionally, Ramiz has worked with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Unfortunates, Measure for Measure and many others), ACT (The Time of Your Life), Berkeley Rep (Eurydice), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Glory of the World, Chad?Deity), Steppenwolf, Yale Rep, Lookingglass (Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights)?and The Studio Theatre (Guantanamo). ?Ramiz has appeared on?Law and Order?and?The Watchlist?on Comedy Central as well as various College Humor videos. ?He is a co-creator of the hit musical?The Unfortunates?which will run at ACT this spring.
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ABOUT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE?
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. Following a strong 2014/2015 season during which five productions extended, the company?s 20th anniversary season features eight productions (two world and three West Coast premieres) featuring some of the nation?s leading playwrights and directors.?www.geffenplayhouse.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tim Choy, Davidson & Choy Publicity:
t.choy@dcpublicity.com or?323.954.7510?ext. 13

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Press Release: A film festival about art to premiere in Venice, CA. Awards to be announced Wednesday.

The Fine Arts Film Festival Premieres in Venice?

(Venice, CA)??The historic Beyond Baroque Theater?in?Venice, California, is the host for the?Fine Arts Film Festival,?on?Saturday, September 12, 2015. Nineteen films from around the world will screen from?11 a.m.?to -?6 p.m.?with a screening of the Best Feature Narrative Film and the red carpet Awards Gala starting at?7p.m.

The festival is dedicated to presenting the finest new films about?art?in the western capital of the art world. The films???narratives, documentaries, and experimental???tell stories about how art is made, how artists survive, how dealers and collectors think, and even how a great masterpiece is forged.

The Festival debuted in Santa Barbara, California, in 2010.

?We expect this festival will amaze audiences and draw a wide, intelligent and fun?crowd?from both the film and art world.??said Juri Koll, director of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. Koll successfully screened his own film??Lisa Adams: As It Appears to Be,???at the Crest Theater in June 2014. He and Lynn Holley, a curator, consultant, and writer, met shortly after through curator and critic Peter Frank.

Holley said,??Because I have an interest in film and a deep commitment to the arts, I have been disappointed attending generic film festivals where there are few, if any, selections on art. We have major plans to expand the show for the future!?

Go to?Facebook?for information,?and?Eventbrite?for tickets.

Media contact:?Juri Koll?(310) 957-7037??artworld1@yahoo.com

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Press Release: Cast Announced for West Coast Premiere of These Paper Bullets!

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR WEST COAST PREMIERE OF
THESE PAPER BULLETS!?
A MODISH RIPOFF OF?WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE?S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
WRITTEN BY?ROLIN JONES
SONGS BY?BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
DIRECTED BY?JACKSON GAY
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SEPTEMBER 8 TO OCTOBER 18, (PRESS OPENING SEPTEMBER 16)
IN THE GIL CATES THEATER AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
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LOS ANGELES?(August 5, 2015) ? Geffen Playhouse announces the cast of the the West Coast premiere of?THESE PAPER BULLETS! A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare?s Much Ado About Nothing?opening the not-for-profit organization?s 20th?anniversary season in the Gil Cates Theater. ?Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award nominated writer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights,?Boardwalk Empire) with songs by Grammy Award winner Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and staged by Jackson Gay,?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre where it premiered in 2014.
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The cast of?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?features James Barry, Kate Blumberg, Damon Duanno (Brief Encounter?on Broadway), Christopher Geary, Brad Heberlee, Justin Kirk (Showtime?s?Weeds, HBO?s?Angels in America, ABC?s?Modern Family), Tony Manna, Rod MacLachlan (Magnolia,?The Audience?on Broadway), Keira Naughton, Adam O?Byrne (Netflix?s?Bosch?and CBS??Extant), Lucas Papaelias (Once?on Broadway), Nicole Parker (Wicked?on Broadway,?MADtv) Greg Stuhr (The 25th?Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?and?Fish in the Dark?on Broadway), Nick Ullett (Loot?on Broadway) and Ariana Venturi.
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The show will run from September 8 through October 18, 2015 in the Gil Cates Theater, with the opening night on September 16.?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?is a co-production with Atlantic Theater Company in New York and will be performed there following the Geffen Playhouse engagement.?
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Meet the Quartos. Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. Their fans worship them. Scotland Yard fears them. And their former drummer will stop at nothing to destroy them. Can these fab four from Liverpool find true love in London and cut an album in seven nights??
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TIME?magazine called?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?one of the ?10 Reasons for Theater Lovers to Leave New York in 2014,? and topped the list of the?Hartford Courant?s?Best 10 Theater Productions for 2014.
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Charles Isherwood of?The New York Times?said, ?All the mod markers have been spruced up and put in place in this freely swinging Shakespeare-inspired romp.? Cheekily described as ?a modish ripoff? of?Much Ado About Nothing, the production evokes with tangy authority the sights, sounds and styles of London rumbling through the youthquake years. The Vidal Sassoon bobs are spot on; the bowl cuts for the boys raise a smile; A-line miniskirts expose milky thighs above go-go boots snugly hugging calves.? The strumming guitars and tight harmonies are provided by Billie Joe Armstrong, who has written a small but select group of pop nuggets for the show.?
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Frank Rizzo in the?Hartford Courant?said, ?I loved it!? It somehow, improbably, delightfully works in what is the most playful, exuberant show of the season.? Rolin Jones’ witty, puckish mash-up of a script, Jackson Gay’s giddy direction, Armstrong’s terrific musical homage, and the ever-buoyant cast of mods and rockers ?- and did I mention the nifty costumes, sets, arrangements and a guest appearance by the Queen of England? It all adds up to the most fun I’ve had at the theater since?The Book of Mormon.?
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Fred Sokol on Talking Broadway, said, ?The result is a theatrical stunner: the show is most clever, musically smashing, complex, intriguing, amusing, and joyful.? Performed with feeling, vivacity, and great discipline and showcasing songs by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, it is a multi-dimensional hit. Director Jackson Gay should be afforded a long bow for bringing all of this together.?
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Los Angeles audiences may recall the Geffen Playhouse and Atlantic Theater Company last teamed-up in 2009 for the Atlantic Theater Company production ofFarragut North. The Los Angeles run featured Dan Bittner, Mia Barron, Justin Huen, Chris Noth, Chris Pine, Olivia Thirlby and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.; the play enjoyed sell-out houses every performance and was later adapted into a feature film.
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In addition to the opening night, the run of?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?will feature over a dozen pre-show and post-show Signature Series events. Ranging from the cerebral to the celebratory these include?TGIF at the Geffen,?Talk Back Tuesdays?(Audience Q+A with artists),?Lounge Fridays,?Girls Night Out?and?Wine Down Sundays. Thanks to the support of Geffen Playhouse partners and sponsors, all elements of Signature Series evenings are complimentary as part of the ticket price. Signature Series events include:
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??Talk Back Tuesdays?give theater lovers a chance for a deeper conversation to discuss plot, character, themes or any other questions directly with the artists with a post-show Q+A from the stage. Complimentary coffee and tea provided pre-show at the concessions bar.
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? Happy hour?Lounge Fridays?turns the Geffen Playhouse into a haven to help fast-paced Angelenos ease into their weekend and unwind at this cultural happy hour. Complimentary sparkling joins other enticing refreshments starting at 7:00 pm. Sponsored by LAArtsOnline.com
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??Wine Down Sundays?provides the perfect pairing ? pre-performance wine sampling courtesy of Dievole followed by a 7pm curtain time to close out the week. The winery?s objective is to recover the character of the historically indigenous Tuscan grapes and transfer them into the glass with the utmost respect for the authenticity of the terroir and varietal identity.
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? Geared towards the ladies, with enticements for the guys,?Girls Night Out at the Geffen?is the ultimate night out in LA. For the first after-party of our 20th?anniversary season, popular designer and artist Reka Lena Silk returns with her gorgeous scarves on display and for sale. Plus eclectic jams from DJ Mike, signature cocktails, delectable buffets, a photo booth and Pixi Beauty take-away gift.?
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??TGIF at the Geffen?takes place on Friday of preview week and is the ideal cultural meet up and hot-spot on the west side. Enjoy classic to contemporary tunes from DJ Mike pre-show on the Simms Courtyard patio plus drink specials at the concessions bar.
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For Signature Series dates associated with the run of?THESE PAPER BULLETS!, visit?http://www.GeffenPlayhouse.com/ThesePaperBullets
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Tickets are currently priced from $32 to $82 and are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at?310.208.5454?or online at?www.geffenplayhouse.com. Fees may apply.
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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Geffen Playhouse in association with Atlantic Theater Company
Presents the Yale Repertory Theatre production of
THESE PAPER BULLETS!?A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare?s Much Ado About Nothing?
Written by by?Rolin Jones
Songs by?Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed by?Jackson Gay
West Coast Premiere in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
September 8 ? October 18, 2015; Opening Night is Wednesday, September 16
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CAST
James Barry?as Pedro
Kate Blumberg?as Paulina / Frida
Damon Daunno?as Claude
Christopher Geary?as Anton / Mr. Crumpet / Queen & Others
Brad Heberlee?as Mr. Urges
Justin Kirk?as Ben
Tony Manna?as Mr. Cake
Rod McLachlan?as Boris
Keira Naughton??as Ulcie
Adam O?Byrne?as Don Best
Lucas Papaelias?as Balth
Nicole Parker?as Beatrice
Greg Stuhr?as Mr. Berry
Nick Ullett?as Leo
Ariana Venturi?as Higgy
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PRODUCTION TEAM
Scenic Design by?Michael Yeargan
Costume Design by?Jessica Ford
Lighting Design by?Paul Whitaker
Sound Design and Incidental Music by?Broken Chord
Projection Design by?Nicholas Hussong
Music Direction by?Julie McBride
Choreography by?Kevin Williamson
Fight Choreography by?Mike Rossmy
Dialect Coach?Paul Wager
Production Stage Manager?Rob Chikar
Assistant Stage Manager?Bree Sherry?
Casting by?Tara Rubin, CSA and?Phyllis Schuringa, CSA
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday?????????????????????????????????????????????? No performance
Tuesday ? Friday????????????????????????????? 8:00pm
Saturday????????????????????????????????????????????? 3:00pm; 8:00pm
Sunday???????????????????????????????????????????????? 2:00pm; 7:00pm
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TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are currently priced from $32 to $82 and are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at?310.208.5454?or online at?www.geffenplayhouse.com. Fees may apply.
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LOCATION
Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rolin Jones??(Playwright)?THESE PAPER BULLETS!?received its 2014 world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre and won four Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production of the Year. His play?The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow?received the Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting.??Jenny Chow?was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and was produced at the Atlantic Theater Company (NYC), South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Rep, Studio Theatre (D.C.), Portland Center Stage, among others. His play?The Jammer?received an Edinburgh Fringe First Award for Best New Writing and was also produced Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company.? He has written for the television shows?Weeds,?Friday Night Lights?and?Boardwalk Empire.? His?Friday Night Lights?episode,?The Son, received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Dramatic Writing and was named by?Time?magazine as the best episode of television for the year 2010.? He recently wrote the film adaptation of?American Idiot?for Universal Pictures and is currently writing an adaptation of the ?This American Life? episode,?129 Cars?for the fine folks at Fox Television Studios.? A proud founding member of the theater and television producing company, New Neighborhood.
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Billie Joe Armstrong?(Music and Lyrics) is the frontman of the Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum band Green Day. ?Green Day?s albums include?1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours;?Kerplunk; 1994?s?Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy (and inspired a raft of imitators);?Insomniac;?Nimrod;?Warning; 2004?s landmark?American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the?Billboard?chart, spawned five hit singles, and won two Grammys, including Best Rock Album;?21st?Century Breakdown?(Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012?s consecutively released??Uno!,??Dos!, and??Tr?!?(as well as the behind the scenes DVD,?Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released?Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers? 1958 album,?Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.?The Tony and Grammy winning musical?American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, debuted at Berkeley Rep in 2009 and opened on Broadway the next year. Throughout its run, Armstrong made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary,?Broadway Idiot, chronicled his road to the Great White Way.?His other film and TV credits include?This is 40,?Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming feature films,?Like Sunday, Like Rain?and?Geezer?greenday.com
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Jackson Gay?(Director) Upcoming projects: Jen Silverman?s?The Moors?(Yale Rep);?Grounded?by George Brant (Alley Theatre).? Recent projects:?I Saw My Neighbor On The Train And I Didn?t Even Smile?by Suzanne Healthcote (co-production New Neighborhood/ Berkshire Theatre Festival);?Elevada?by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep);?The Insurgents?by Lucy Thurber (Labyrinth Theater Company);?These Paper Bullets!,?2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award Best Production and Best Director- (Yale Rep);?3C?by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/piece by piece/Rising Phoenix);?Kingdom City?by Sheri Wilner (La Jolla Playhouse);?Arlington?by Victor Lodato with music by Polly Pen (San Francisco?s Magic Theatre); Lucy Thurber?s?Where We?re Born?- 2014 Obie Award winning?The Hilltown Plays?(Rattlestick); Rolin Jones?s?The Jammer?(Atlantic Theater Company) and?The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow?(Atlantic; Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle Award ? Outstanding Production of a Play);?A Little Journey?(Mint Theater Company; Drama Desk nomination ? Outstanding Revival of a Play). Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the Director of Artistic Programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency in Vermont and teaches directing at Columbia University School of the Arts and Yale College. MFA Yale School of Drama.
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ABOUT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE?
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts. Following a strong 2014/2015 season during which five productions extended, the company?s 20th anniversary season features eight productions (two world and three West Coast premieres) featuring some of the nation?s leading playwrights and directors.?www.geffenplayhouse.com.?
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ABOUT ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ?(CO-PRODUCER,?THESE PAPER BULLETS!)
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully, utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today?s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences. Celebrating 30 years of theater since its inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays, garnered 12 Tony Awards, 12 Lucille Lortel Awards, 15 Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama League Awards. Atlantic also operates The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which has an undergraduate program in conjunction with NYU, as well as a two-year professional acting program and a six-week intensive workshop every summer. Atlantic for Kids and the Educational Outreach Program partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater New York metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.

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Press Release: A New Production of Louis & Keely at the Geffen

HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS?
TAYLOR HACKFORD?S
LOUIS & KEELY: ?LIVE? AT THE SAHARA
WRITTEN BY?VANESSA?CLAIRE?STEWART, TAYLOR HACKFORD?AND?JAKE BRODER
DIRECTED BY?TAYLOR HACKFORD
FEATURING TONY AWARD WINNER?ANTHONY CRIVELLO?AS LOUIS PRIMA
AND?VANESSA CLAIRE STEWART?AS KEELY SMITH
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23 PERFORMANCES ONLY DECEMBER 30, 2015 TO JANUARY 17, 2016
IN THE GIL CATES THEATER AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
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LOS ANGELES?(July 22, 2015) ? Hershey Felder presents Taylor Hackford?s?Louis & Keely: ?Live? at the Sahara,?written by Vanessa Claire Stewart, Taylor Hackford and Jake Broder, directed by Taylor Hackford.? Featuring Anthony Crivello (Tony Award?Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Vanessa Claire Stewart who originally created the part of Keely Smith, performances are scheduled December 30 through January 17 (press opening Wednesday, January 6) at the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.?
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The show returns in a new production, part of a new national tour, based on the recent hit Chicago production featuring Crivello and Stewart.?
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Louis Prima and Keely Smith shared a larger-than-life marriage and a groundbreaking Las Vegas act featuring unforgettable songs like ?That Ol? Black Magic,? ?Pennies from Heaven,? and ?Embraceable You.? ?Louis & Keely: ?Live? at the Sahara?has grown from a local Los Angeles hit to a national musical phenomenon. ?After earlier award-winning and extended productions in Los Angeles and more recent acclaim in Chicago,?Louis & Keely: ?Live? at the Sahara?returns these outsized personalities and talents to the Geffen Playhouse at the Gil Cates Theater.
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The choreography is by Vernel Bagneris, scenic design by Mr. Felder, video design by Mariya Tatarintseva, sound design by Erik Carstensen, lighting design by Richard Norwood and costume design by Melissa Bruning and Christianna Rogers.
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Hedy Weiss said in the?Chicago Sun-Times?that Crivello and Stewart, ?Have crawled so far inside their roles that the temptation is to proclaim: What happened in Vegas not only didn?t stay there, but has come roaring back to life, decades later.? Crivello, a wiry fellow with a fabulously craggy and expressive face, takes total possession of Prima, capturing the man?s manic, almost clownish energy, his loose-legged dance moves, his playful singing, and his palpable compulsion to win over an audience. You can?t take your eyes off him and you really have to wonder how the actor will make it through an eight-show week.
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?Stewart, a petite stunner with a voice that beautifully captures the distinctive richness and power of Smith?s, is terrific in the way she grows up in plain sight ? from a shy teenager in a cardigan and saddle shoes, to a twenty-something who asserts her independence, to a woman who commits herself to marriage, motherhood and show biz, but finally cannot deal with Prima?s professional jealousy.?
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Chris Jones in the?Chicago Tribune?said that these performers, ?Do justice to the real artist. There’s no question that Stewart and Crivello fall into that category.? A classy new show recalling an age when you could forget your quotidian troubles, old school.?
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Hershey Felder Presents Taylor Hackford?s
LOUIS & KEELY: ?LIVE? AT THE SAHARA
Written by?Vanessa Claire Stewart,?Taylor Hackford?and?Jake Broder
Directed by?Taylor Hackford
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CAST
Anthony Crivello?as Louis Prima?
Vanessa Claire Stewart?as Keely Smith
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PRODUCTION TEAM
Choreography by Vernel Bagneris
Scenic Design by Hershey Felder
Video design by Mariya Tatarintseva
Sound by Erik Carstensen
Lighting by Richard Norwood
Costumes by Melissa Bruning and Christianna Rogers
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DATES
December 30, 2015 through January 17, 2016
Press opening Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Monday?????????????????????????????????????????????? No performance
Tuesday ? Friday????????????????????????????? 8:00pm
Saturday????????????????????????????????????????????? 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday???????????????????????????????????????????????? 2:00pm and 7:00pm
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TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets currently range from $43 ? $129 (including two special New Year?s Eve performances) and can be purchased in-person, online at www.geffenplayhouse.com or by phone at?310.208.5454. Fees may apply.

LOCATION
Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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ABOUT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE?
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Executive Director Gil Cates Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tim Choy, Davidson & Choy Publicity

http://www.geffenplayhouse.com/more_info.php?show_id=232

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Press Release: Quincy Jones Presents Soul Violinist Lee England Jr.

QUINCY JONES?PRESENTS
LEE ENGLAND JR.,?THE SOUL VIOLINIST
GIL CATES THEATER AT THE GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
MONDAY, JUNE 22 AT 7:00 PM

LOS ANGELES?(May 21, 2015) ? Quincy Jones presents Lee England Jr., The Soul Violinist, for a one-night-only concert on Monday, June 22 at 7:00pm in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.? This event serves as a fundraiser for Geffen Playhouse?s education and outreach programs.? England, a stunning, one-of-a-kind musician, blends the diverse genres of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and classical to create original interpretations.

A virtuoso violinist, England wowed audiences during the?Backstage at the Geffen?fundraiser last March with his performance of John Legend?s ?All of Me.?? He has performed, as a featured act, for Jay-Z & Beyonce, Rihanna?s Diamond Ball, the NAACP Image Awards and the John Wayne Cancer Institute. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Mo?Nique Show, and on Sean ?Diddy? Combs??Making the Band.

Quincy Jones said, ?Lee England Jr. is a remarkable talent that comes by very rarely, creating original and unique music straight from his soul.? His imagination and musical innovation speaks to all of us, reinforcing that music is, indeed, a universal language.?

Lee was on tour, when a tour stop during All-Star Weekend landed him at a dinner celebration for Michael Jordan?s birthday.? After his performance, Jordan offered Lee an endorsement through the Jordan Brand to support his artistic endeavors, a spot usually reserved for athletes, making Lee one of four non-athletes to represent the brand.

About Lee England, Jr.

Classically trained?Lee England Jr.?refers to himself as ?The Soul Violinist? due to his entrenchment in creating heartfelt sounds that capture the ear, evoking emotion.? England has added viola, cello, bass, guitar, drums, piano and voice to his production resume, as well as boasting three music degrees (BS in Music Education, BS in Audio Engineering and a BA in Violin Performance) from Southern Illinois University. After graduating, Lee accepted a position as a music teacher with the Chicago Public School District.? At the age 25, Lee found himself performing alongside Stevie Wonder; that same year he auditioned on Sean ?Diddy? Combs’ television show?Making the Band. Diddy named Lee the band?s secret weapon and with that exposure his fame and acclaim began to soar.

Lee now resides in Los Angeles. Making television appearances, performing at the most prestigious events, composing soundtracks, recording with his orchestra, collaborating with top artists, becoming a premiere talent for NBA related events, sharing the stage with A-list celebrities, performing internationally including performances in Africa, making headlines, raising money for his non-profit ?Love Notes, LLC? by street performing and charitable partnerships, a commercial for the NFL Superbowl, in which he starred as well as composed and produced the soundtrack — in short he?s building his brand as an elite musician, composer and artist.

Quincy Jones presents Lee England Jr., The Soul Violinist
Monday, June 22, 2015
7:00 pm?Show
8:30 pm?Wine & Dessert Reception

Special VIP Opportunity:?To become a sponsor or learn more, please contact Jamie Mikelich at Geffen Playhouse (jamiem@geffenplayhouse.com?or?310.208.6500?ext. 128).

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets (ranging from $29 to $49) are currently available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at?310.208.5454?or online atwww.geffenplayhouse.com.? Fees may apply.

LOCATION
Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024

ABOUT GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE
Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theater, the company was founded by Gilbert Cates, and is currently helmed by Artistic Director Randall Arney, Interim Managing Director Gil Cates Jr., and Co-Chairs of the Board Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Hollander. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen welcomes an audience of more than 130,000 each year, and maintains an extensive education and outreach program, designed to engage young people and the community at large in the arts.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Tim Choy, Davidson & Choy Publicity
t.choy@dcpublicity.com,?323-954-7510?ext. 13

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Review: L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary Gala Goes off with a Bang!

edasnerlaartshubOn Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 the LA Arts Hub attended the L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary Gala. ?The event took place in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This star filled event brought together some of Hollywood?s biggest names to honor Geoffrey Cowan and the L.A Theatre Works? Company of Artists. With a dazzling red carpet, live social media, video clips, fundraising and a surprise celebrity sing-along finale the event was indeed one for the books. The gala raised money for the LATW and their educational app fueled by the ?Setting the Stage for Learning? educational initiative. An app that helps children learn about theatre by providing an interactive audio taping of actor performances.

The event began with a walk down the red carpet. Ed Asner, Hector Elizondo, Susan Sullivan, JoBeth Williams, Marsha Mason, Susan Loewenberg, Ed Bagley Jr. are just a few of many who walked the red carpet. Press took pictures and video. Throughout the show there was live social media which allowed for guests to actively participate during the gala with the hashtag #latw40. After the red carpet, guests arrived in the beautifully decorated International Ballroom where they ate a delightful dinner. The ballroom was decorated with lights, round tables, and a monumental projection screen. Some of L.A. Theatre Works most notable moments appeared on the projection screen throughout the night.

The L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary script was written by, David Rambo, the executive producer of the hit show Empire and theater director, Matt August. The show was not only entertaining but funny. The event featured clips from the BBC and Beijing China all honoring Geoffrey Cowan and the L.A. Theatre Works Company of artists. Geoffrey Cowan?s wife, Aileen Adams former Deputy Mayor for the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Los Angeles gave an amazing speech honoring his contributions to LATW. Former President, Bill Clinton even wrote Cowan a letter congratulating him and Mayor Garcetti presented Cowan with a plaque. The founding members made appearances all throughout the night. Jane Fonda came to life in a performance of Geoffrey Cowan?s Top Secret, and the finale was just marvelous. The surprise celebrity sing-along finale featured lyrics to the tune of ?DO RE MI?, while honoring LATW. The event also had a fundraising segment that allowed people to text and give to raise money for the LATW educational app. You could feel the talent and energy in the room.

For More Information and gala highlights visit the L.A. Theatre Works Website at www.latw.org

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Review: MUSE/IQUE, Uncorked: LIBERTY/CONCEIVED

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On Sunday, February 8th, 2015 the LA Arts Hub attended the third event in MUSE/IQUE?s uncorked series, ?LIBERTY/CONCEIVED.? The show took place at the historic Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall which set the mood for this Lincoln inspired event. Before the event the historic Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall opened its doors to the public once again after more than 25 years after last serving as an exhibition hall and ballroom in 1976. There was a free ribbon-cutting ceremony and guests had the chance to tour the newly renovated historic auditorium that was then followed by an evening of outstanding performances from MUSE/IQUE?s repertoire.

The Exhibit Hall was decorated beautifully with candles, round tables, a Lincoln display and a projection screen. Throughout the show there was live social media allowing for guests to actively take part in The MUSE/IQUE experience. The show began with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by the DFK vocal ensemble while the Pasadena Police Color Corps entered with civil war re-enactors. Led by their musical director, Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE?s Lincoln tribute did not disappoint. The show was narrated by special guest, Courtney B. Vance who delivered an outstanding performance of O, Captain! My, Captain!, the Lincoln Portrait, and the Gettysburg Address. His rich tone and confident stature made the words of Lincoln?s past come to life. His delivery combined with the extraordinary talent of the musicians playing provided for a sensational presentation of classic folk music.

In between performances, Maestra Worby provided the audience with Lincoln facts attributed to each song and its significance. Brenton Ryan graced the audience with his amazing voice while he performed Lincoln?s favorite Aria, ?Ach! so fromm? from the opera Martha. Some other songs included were, ?Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair? performed by Roger Wilkie on the violin, ?Annie Laurie? performed by mezzo-soprano Naomi O?Connell. ?All of the performers left the audience in a state of awe as they sat attentively listening to every single note.

While it is hard to pick a personal favorite from the night because all of the songs were remarkable, a personal favorite of mine has to be the performance by the DkF vocal ensemble of ?Didn?t My Lord Deliver Daniel?, a negro spiritual that Lincoln was very fond of.? In the words of Rachael Worby, ?there is nothing quite like the human voice?. The show ended with a standing ovation from all after an elegantly performed ?Battle Hymn of the Republic? that took you back in time. It was truly a night to remember. The next MUSE/IQUE event in the uncorked series, ?INFINITE/QUATTRO? will take place on April 13th, 2015 at Jacob Maarse Florists at 6:30pm.

For more information and tickets go to: http://muse-ique.com/showinfo.php?id=27

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Review: MUSE/IQUE, Uncorked: CHILDS/PLAY

On Monday, November 10, 2014, the LA Arts Hub attended the second event in MUSE/IQUE?s uncorked series, ?CHILDS/PLAY? and the extraordinary show did not disappoint. The event took place at the Rose Bowl Locker Room that was nearly unrecognizable ? it had been transformed into a 21st century jazz club. The entire room was alive with a sapphire hue shining from the colored lights that were reflecting off the blue colored walls. Round tables filled the floor, each adorned with candles that added ambiance to the already jazz-like atmosphere. Finally, a beautiful stage, adorned with instruments and a grand piano boasted promise of a lively and memorable performance. The mingling session before show time was a delight as guests received complimentary wine and had the opportunity to admire the set up and come together with like-minded jazz aficionados.

The show began with a beautiful rendition of ?New York Tendaberry? of Laura Nyro sung by Sara Gazarek. It was a great start to the show and Sara Gazarek was with Grammy award winner Billy Childs on piano (accompanied by Reggie Hamilton on bass, Donald Barrett on drums, and Maksim Velichkin on the cello). These talented musicians performed as a collective group throughout the event that allowed for a wonderful mash-up of American classics in jazz. Billy Childs on piano was accompanied by the vocals of Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Aaron Childs, Sara Gazarek and an excellent dance number by Jacob Jonas left the audience in awe. Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE?s Artistic Director explained the different elements of jazz in between each number.

Some of the songs included were, ?Peace? by legendary Horace Silver, ?Jeopardy? by Merv Griffin, ?Ain?t No Sunshine? by Bill Withers, and ?Hallelujah? by Leonard Cohen. The incorporation of spoken word, with the piece, ?Jabberwocky? performed by native Virgin Islander Ade Ra added a highlight to this event. The eclectic and diverse nature of all the performers at this event created a once in a lifetime experience which was evident in the faces of all of the audience members. The event ended with a beautiful rendition of ?Stoned Soul Picnic? of Laura Nyro by Dee Dee Bridgewater. At the end of the night, MUSE/IQUE received a well-deserved standing ovation for yet another fantastic performance. The next MUSE/IQUE event in the uncorked series, ?LIBERTY/CONCEIVED? will take place on February 9, 2015 at the Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall at 6:30pm.

For more information and tickets go to: http://muse-ique.com/showinfo.php?id=26

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For Immediate Release: Garrett Clayton of Disney’s “Teen Beach Movie” Just Announced for Panto at The Playhouse’s SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

A PRINCE IS CROWNED!

GARRETT CLAYTON OF DISNEY?S ?TEEN BEACH MOVIE?

JUST ANNOUNCED FOR

THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE AND LYTHGOE FAMILY PRODUCTIONS

PANTO AT THE PLAYHOUSE?S
SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

Garrett Clayton - Headshot
DECEMBER 10, 2014 ? JANUARY 4, 2015

PASADENA, CA (October 30, 2014) ? This just in! The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announces Garrett Clayton (Disney?s ?Teen Beach Movie?) as Sleeping Beauty?s Prince of Alhambra in this year?s Panto at the Playhouse SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. The cast also features previously announced Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as ?Aurora? (Disney?s ?I Didn?t Do It?), Lucy Lawless as ?Carabosse? (?Xena: Warrior Princess,? ?Spartacus?), David Engel as ?Nanny Tickle? (Broadway?s ?La Cage aux Folles,? ?Seussical?), Tamyra Gray as ?The Good Fairy? (?American Idol,? Broadway?s ?Bombay Dreams? and ?Rent?) and returning from last year?s Panto at the Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, Ben Giroux as ?Silly Billy? (CW?s ?Hart of Dixie).

SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight opens December 10, 2014 and plays through January 4, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Also returning from last year?s hugely successful Panto at The Playhouse production of Aladdin and His Winter Wish, will be director Bonnie Lythgoe (?So You Think You Can Dance?), choreographer Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee ?So You Think You Can Dance?) and musical director Michael Orland (?American Idol?). The book is by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions, and the LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits ?American Idol? and ?So You Think You Can Dance,? the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together. Past Panto at The Playhouse productions include: A Snow White Christmas starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris and Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Bruce Vilanch, and Ashley Argota.

Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps says “I am very pleased to continue our much cherished collaboration with Lythgoe Family Productions with this year’s exciting panto version of SLEEPING BEAUTY. I know that we will once more have holiday magic, music, and enchantment on our stage with this production. We are beginning to put together a wonderful cast and creative team that I know will deliver this material with great style, wit, and theatricality.”

“We are so excited to be back for our third installment of Panto at The Playhouse! We continue our drive and passion, along with Sheldon Epps and Elizabeth Doran, to introduce new and young audiences to the theatre through Panto. With such a great cast, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is set to become the most successful Panto yet. The must see magical event for families this holiday season,? adds LFP producers Kris and Becky Lythgoe.

An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with ?So You Think You Can Dance? alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J’s “Domino” to John Legend’s “All Of Me,? Pharrell Williams “Happy” to Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 ? 102! ?Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.? ? Los Angeles Times.

Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a ?Winter Wonderland? event in The Playhouse?s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus and photo opportunities.

SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight will play from December 10, 2014 ? January 4, 2015. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Monday at 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 29 only); Tuesdays ? Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Special matinees — Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm; Friday, December 26 at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 30 at 4:00 pm.

Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529, online 24 hours a day at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday ? Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday ? Saturday from 12:00 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight range from $34.00 – $74.00, with Premium Seating available for $125.00. Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine seating ranging from $24.00 – $64.00.

Golden Tickets are available for an additional $50.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance. A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.

Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.

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Calendar listing for SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight at The Pasadena Playhouse

Venue: The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101

Dates: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 ? Sunday, January 4, 2015

Playing Monday, December 29 at 7:30; Tuesdays ? Fridays at 7:30 pm
Schedule: Saturdays at 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:30 pm; Sundays at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Special matinees — Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm; Friday, December 26 at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 30 at 4:00 pm

Tickets: Online sales and information — www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org
Phone — 626-356-7529
In Person — On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday ? Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday ? Saturday from 12:00 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Prices — $39.00 – 74.00, plus Premium
Child Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine $24.00 – 64.00
Golden Tickets are available for an additional $50.00 each (limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance). A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.
Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.

Full bios for the cast and creative team of SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight are available upon request.

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For Immediate Release: Casting Announced for SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

THE PASADENA PLAYHOUSE AND LYTHGOE FAMILY PRODUCTIONS

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PANTO AT THE PLAYHOUSE?S

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT

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CAST WILL FEATURE

OLIVIA HOLT OF DISNEY?S ?I DIDN?T DO IT?

LUCY LAWLESS OF ?XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS?

DAVID ENGEL OF BROADWAY?S ?LA CAGE AUX FOLLES?

TAMYRA GRAY OF BROADWAY?S ?BOMBAY DREAMS?

BEN GIROUX OF CW?S ?HART OF DIXIE?

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??DECEMBER 10, 2014 ? JANUARY 4, 2015

 

PASADENA, CA (October 21, 2014) ??The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP) announce cast members for this year?s?Panto at the Playhouse?SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT. The cast will feature Disney Recording Artist Olivia Holt as ?Aurora??(Disney?s ?I Didn?t Do It?),?Lucy Lawless?as ?Carabosse? (?Xena: Warrior Princess,? ?Spartacus?),?David Engel as ?Nanny Tickle? (Broadway?s ?La Cage aux Folles,? ?Seussical?), Tamyra Gray as ?The Good Fairy? (?American Idol,? Broadway?s ?Bombay Dreams? and ?Rent?)?and returning from last year?s?Panto at the Playhouse?production of?Aladdin and His Winter Wish,?Ben Giroux as ?Silly Billy? (CW?s ?Hart of Dixie).

 

Ben Giroux as SILLY BILLYupdated

Olivia Holt as AURORAupdated

Lucy Lawless as Carabosseupdated

David Engel as NANNY TICKLEupdatedTamyra Gray Headshotupdated

SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?opens?December 10, 2014?and plays through?January 4, 2015?at The Pasadena Playhouse.

 

Also returning from last year?s hugely successful?Panto at The Playhouse?production of?Aladdin and His Winter Wish, will be director Bonnie Lythgoe?(?So You Think You Can Dance?), choreographer?Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee??So You Think You Can Dance?) and musical director Michael Orland (?American Idol?).??The book is by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions, and the LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.

 

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits ?American Idol? and ?So You Think You Can Dance,? the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.??PastPanto at The Playhouse?productions include: ?A Snow White Christmas?starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris and?Aladdin and His Winter Wish?starring Ben Vereen, Bruce Vilanch, and Ashley Argota.

 

Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps says?”I am very pleased to continue our much cherished collaboration with Lythgoe Family Productions with this year’s exciting panto version of SLEEPING BEAUTY.? I know that we will once more have holiday magic, music, and enchantment on our stage with this production.? We are beginning to put together a wonderful cast and creative team that I know will deliver this material with great style, wit, and theatricality.”

 

“We are so excited to be back for our third installment of?Panto at The Playhouse!? We continue our drive and passion, along with Sheldon Epps and Elizabeth Doran, to introduce new and young audiences to the theatre through Panto.? With such a great cast,?SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?is set to become the most successful Panto yet. ?The must see magical event for families this holiday season,? adds LFP producers Kris and Becky Lythgoe.

 

An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto,?SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with ?So You Think You Can Dance? alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J’s “Domino” to John Legend’s “All Of Me,? Pharrell Williams “Happy” to Survivor’s “Eye of The Tiger” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 ? 102!???Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.? ??Los Angeles Times.

 

Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a ?Winter Wonderland? event in The Playhouse?s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, Santa Claus and photo opportunities.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?will play from?December 10, 2014 ? January 4, 2015.? The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.? The performance schedule is?Monday at 7:30 p.m.?(Dec. 29?only); Tuesdays ? Fridays at?7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at?12:00 p.m.,?4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 12:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;?Special matinees –?Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm; Friday, December 26 at 4:00 pm;?Tuesday, December 30 at 4:00 pm.

 

Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at?626-356-7529, online 24 hours a day at?www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org, or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office,?Tuesday?? Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.??On performance dates the Box Office is open?Tuesday???Saturday?from?12:00 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m.?and?12:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Tickets for?SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?range from $34.00 – $74.00, with Premium Seating available for $125.00. ?Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine seating ranging from $24.00 – $64.00.

Golden Tickets are available for an additional $50.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance.??A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.

 

Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.?Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling?626-921-1161.

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Calendar listing for?SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?at The Pasadena Playhouse

 

Venue:?????????????????The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101

 

Dates:???????????????????Wednesday, December 10, 2014 ? Sunday, January 4, 2015

 

Playing?????????????????Monday, December 29 at 7:30; Tuesdays ? Fridays at?7:30 pm

Schedule:????????????Saturdays at?12:00 pm,?4:00 pm, and?7:30 pm; Sundays at?12:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Special matinees — Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm;?Friday, December 26 at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 30 at 4:00 pm

Tickets:?????????????????Online?sales and information –?www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org

Phone??–?626-356-7529

In Person?– On non-performance dates, the Box Office is open?Tuesday?? Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.? On performance dates, the Box Office is open?Tuesday???Saturday from 12:00 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m.?and?12:00 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Prices —?$39.00 – 74.00, plus Premium

Child Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine $24.00 – 64.00

Golden Tickets are available for an additional $50.00 each (limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance). ?A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.

Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.

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Full bios for the cast and creative team of?SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight?are available upon request.

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MUSE/IQUE begins its Uncorked Series with a Bang!!

crosswalk, kickoffOn Monday, October 13th, 2014 the LA Arts Hub attended MUSE/IQUE?s #uncorked series kickoff event at the Rosemont Pavilion in Pasadena. The night began with a wonderful mingling session with delicious appetizers and wine. MUSE/IQUE, known for its unconventional concerts, did not disappoint. The venue was beautifully decorated in the home of the Rose Parade floats. The show included all of the songs from the Beatles highly acclaimed album, ?Abbey Road.? This event featured Colin Hay from Men at Work, the Charlie Greene Band, a gospel choir, Bryan Pezzone and many other amazing musicians.

 

The melodic tones mixed with the warm ambiance set the mood for a fantastic night. The musicians and MUSE/IQUE?s Artistic Director, Rachael Worby incorporated; musical tonality, harmonies and an inquisitive audience to provide a live and fun musical experience. Throughout the performance, Rachael Worby communicated directly with the audience; often sharing the history of the music. Applause filled the venue as each performer took the stage. The event wrapped up with a collaborative performance with all of the musicians of the last song on the ?Abbey Road? album, ?Her Majesty?.? It was truly a night to remember! The next MUSE/IQUE event in the Uncorked Series, ?Childs/Play? will take place on November 10th, 2014 at the Rose Bowl Locker room at 6:30pm.

For tickets go to: http://muse-ique.com/showinfo.php?id=25

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“Messages In Glass”

Messages in Glass presented by:

The Visual Arts Magnet and Craft in America

KLCS, LAUSMessages in glass picD’s television station, will soon air a documentary entitled, Messages in Glass about the collaboration between the Visual Arts Magnet and?Craft in America, a PBS series. Its? executive producer is the owner of the Freehand gallery on West Third Street in Beverly Grove. ? The documentary was a big success! It turned out even better than anticipated, primarily due to the brilliant interviews with prominent glass artists,?Paul Marioni and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. Last year, the Visual Arts Magnet hosted half a dozen artists from?Craft in America?and engaged in multiple collaborations; including a curatorial project in Alan Warhaftig?s 12th grade Honors English class. The Visual Arts Magnet also has a full slate of upcoming projects planned for the rest of the year. The many benefits of bringing professional artists to work with students at the Visual Arts Magnet are very transparent in this sensational documentary!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Please tune into KLCS for?Messages in Glass?

The documentary is now available for viewing at http://vimeo.com/105800166

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KLCS will air a half-hour long program about the Craft in America Center’s glass exhibition of Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and Paul Mariona’s work. Messages in Glass will air every Wednesday at 6:30am and 6:30pm throughout the month, starting on October 15. The program includes interviews with the artists and a look at the educational outreach program that brings artists like Susan and Paul to Fairfax Magnet Center for Visual Arts.

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